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Eiffel TowerParisI arrived at the Eiffel Tower through Trocadero square and the experience of suddenly discovering it in the opening left by the Chaillot Palace was spectacular. The fact that I hadn’t seen it from anywhere else in the city surprised...
Louvre MuseumParisThe museum is a must if you like beauty. You don't have to be an expert but you need to know what you want to see or you'll get overwhelmed. To have a good time, I'd suggest starting with the sculpture since, as you know, a visit th...
Notre Dame CathedralParisThe square is located at kilometer zero of all French roads and Parisians consider it more of a person than a monument. It was originally a small Christian basilica and after various renovations and amplifications arrived at the arc...
Arc de TriompheParisThe Arc de Triomphe is enormous. We reached it from the Champs Elysées in the intersection with the Grand Palais street. If you think it is a short stroll, you are wrong! It's quite a bit of a walk, I do not remember how long, maybe...
A place to lose yourself, it's a beautiful neighborhood, from the metro station to the cemetery, there are beautiful and mythical corners emblematic of Paris. The shops, the art galleries, the pubs, the boulangeries (bakeries), the ...
Palace of VersaillesVersaillesThe Palace of Versailles, or Chateau de Versailles (a castle or mansion on the outskirts of Paris), is a building that served as a royal residence during past centuries. The Palace is located in the town of Versailles, Île-de-France...
Garnier PalaceParisThe outside of the building is wonderful, but the most impressive part is inside. The grand staircase is impressive, so is the museum library, hallways, the pylon of the witch, the great hall, and the Rotundas of the Sun and Moon. Y...
Mont Saint-MichelLe Mont-Saint-MichelThe spot where the abbey was built is really cool. I saw it in pictures for the first time, and I told myself I had to see it with my own eyes. When I actually visited the reality far exceeded any photo I had seen before. It was a m...
Tuileries GardenParisThe "Jardin des Tuileries" is one of the most emblematic places in Paris. When you walk through, it's a continuous color contrast, depending on the season you visit in. It's the most central garden in Paris that begins at the Louvre...
The River SeineParisThere are a multitude of bridges crossing the Seine, all very different from each other. It makes me think of a song by Mathieu Chedid and Vanessa Paradis titled "la Seine," which you must listen to if you are a lover of French musi...
Medieval City of CarcassonneCarcassonneI been to this incredible medieval city three times. Its walls, its church and the general surroundings are beautiful. It might be crowded if you try to visit during the popular summer months. In any case, this place is lovely, very...
Musée d'OrsayParisWhenever we visited Paris, I had gone with the pain of not being able to visit the d'Orsay Museum for lack of time. I had to make do with looking at it from outside the Victor Laloux, a beautiful building designed for the Universal ...
Place de la ConcordeParisWhen I pass by this place, I can't help but stop and enjoy the chaos. It is surely one of the busiest and msot crowded squares in Paris. Beware of tourists who dare to rent a car and drive through this square! However, for pedestria...
Centre Georges PompidouParisIt seems like a work of art. I understand the shock of some, who don't like this mess of colors and lines in the middle of idyllic Paris. But I enjoy the contrarianism and opportunism of bringing a fresh and attractive cultural cent...
Les InvalidesParisThe Hotel des Invalides was created as a place for disabled veterans. Most of the rooms are occupied by museums or by the military authorities. The Napoleon is buried in a red tomb in the chapel, above a green granite base, as his ...
Luxembourg GardenParisIn the heart of the left bank, is a green oasis garden favored by Parisians. The gardens are laid out around Luxembourg Palace and an octagonal lake. It also has attractive terraces, avenues and statues, an outdoor cafe, puppet thea...
Dune of PylaArcachonAt first, you tremble at the dune's height, then you prepare yourself to ascend; third, you take three steps and debate if you should take the next ones; fourth, you laugh at yourself at not being able to climb up; fifth, you stand ...
Pont Alexandre IIIParisThis is the most beautiful bridge in Paris. Built between 1869 and 1900 in time for the world expo, it is art nouveau in design and has numerous lamps, cherubs, nymphs and winged horses. It's a great piece of engineering as it is a ...
La MadeleineParisDedicated to Mary Magdalene, this landmark church, which I knew about from an Art History course, surprised me in the grandeur of its Roman temple style figures. Construction began in 1764, was halted because of the French Revolutio...
Gardens of VersaillesVersaillesGarden at its best, care, colorful . Far from the crowd, Louis XIV and subsequent lovers didn´t have bad taste, and escaped from the court to the palace, to enjoy the beautiful sculptures and big open spaces of the garden, it is wor...
Le PanthéonParisInspired by the Roman Pantheon, its French sister was built in 1744 on the order of Louis XV in honor of St. Genevieve as a thanksgiving for his recovery from a serious illness. After the Revolution, the Church became a cemetery, wh...
Chenonceau CastleChenonceauxA Beautiful castle situated on the river. The entire ground floor is a gallery devoted to the best stories, dances and banquets. But during the First World War it was used as a hospital and in the Second war, the gallery served as ...
Carcassonne CastleCarcassonneThis walled city in southern France, near the Pyrenees, is nestled in Cathar (Cathare) country. It offers villages, inaccessible castles on mountain summits and the Canal du midi all within an hour's drive from Carcassonne. It has t...
Palace of the PopesAvignonThe route is quite spacious with a good audio guide. It was very good even though it´s almost empty. But you are not allowed to take pictures inside or videotapee. At the exit there is a kind of small winery where you can buy wines ...
Cable-stayed BridgeMillauThe viaduct of Millau in Aveyron (France), is the tallest bridge in the world. Opened on December 14, 2004 after 36 months of construction, the structure reaches a height of 343 meters above the river Tarn, and is 2.460 meters long.
Place Des VosgesParisLa Place des Vosges is one of the most beautiful parks I've seen in Europe. It's in the Les Marais de Paris neighbourhood, very close to La Bastille. The gardens are perfectly manicured, with colorful fountains. It's surrounded ...
CollioureCollioureThis is a beautiful town, very bohemian and full of craftsmen and artists. It has beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters and a promenade lined with fortresses and towers. Antonio Machado is buried in the town cemetery. A charmi...
Les Machines de L'îleNantesLes Machines de l'Ile is an absolutely fantastic artistic project in an environment that whisks you away from normal life. The concept of distinct mechanical animals (they fly!) makes dream come true for both children and parents! T...
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